Hiroshima vows nuke ban at 77th memorial amid Russia threat

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima on Saturday remembered the atomic bombing 77 years ago as officials, including the head of the United Nations, warned against nuclear weapons buildup and as fears grow of another such attack amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. “Nuclear weapons are nonsense. They guarantee no safety — only death and destruction,” said UN … Read more

UN chief warns world is one step from `nuclear annihilation’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Monday that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” citing the war in Ukraine, nuclear threats in Asia and the Middle East and many other factors. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the dire warning at the opening of the long-delayed high-level meeting to … Read more

Myanmar executes ex-lawmaker, 3 other political prisoners

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s government confirmed Monday it had carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years, hanging a former lawmaker, a democracy activist and two other political prisoners who had been accused of a targeted killing after the country’s military takeover last year. The executions, first announced in the state-run Mirror Daily newspaper, … Read more

UN sees progress in talks to free up Ukraine grain exports

ISTANBUL (AP) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the first meeting in weeks between Russia and Ukraine took “a critical step” forward Wednesday to ensuring the export of desperately needed grain from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to help ease the global food crisis. Turkey’s defense minister said agreements would be signed when negotiators meet again … Read more

Russian, Western Diplomats Clash at G-20 Gathering in Bali

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — A gathering of top diplomats from leading world economies descended into acrimony Friday as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked out of a meeting early in the day and accused Western nations of using the platform to target Moscow over the war in Ukraine. “There is only frenzied Russophobia,” Mr. Lavrov … Read more

UN chief slams new fossil fuel funding

In remarks delivered to the Austrian World Summit in Vienna via video, Antonio Guterres issued a sobering assessment of the planet’s prospects. “Most national climate pledges are simply not good enough,” he said. Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images News | Getty Images The UN Secretary General has slammed new funding for fossil fuel exploration, … Read more